Could West Virginia Be Self-Sustaining?


On this West Virginia Morning, as part of our occasional series “Wild, Wondering, West Virginia,” Lana Lester, of Wyoming County, submitted this question to Inside Appalachia: “Could West Virginia Be Self-Sustaining?”

She said she, “always had the feeling that God Blessed West Virginia with all of our natural resources, and we have everything there in the state to survive.”

So, could we survive, on our own? And what would that really look like? Roxy Todd set out to try to find some answers.

Also on today’s show, the Ohio Valley’s economy could see slower growth in 2020 amid continued anxiety about trade, and possible downturns in both energy and manufacturing. Becca Schimmel spoke with regional economists about what the new year might bring.

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